Gill and Pujara star on day 3 as India post a mammoth target of 513

Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara score hundreds to put India in the driver's seat after day 3
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(Cricket news) Bangladesh began Day 3 at 133/8 with Mehidy Hasan and Ebadot Hossain at the crease. Kuldeep Yadav dismissed Hossain to register his 3rd 5 wicket haul in just his 8th Test match. Kuldeep’s return to Test cricket after 20 months has gone really well. He could be very important for the Indian side in the future as they desperately need a finger spinner. Axar Patel joined the party to get rid of Mehidy Hasan as Bangladesh were bundled over for 150. The Indian bowlers completely dominated the home side who never looked comfortable as they fell 254 runs short. Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav were the stars as Umesh Yadav and Axar Patel provided decent support. 

India decided to not enforce the follow on as Shubman Gill and KL Rahul walked out to bat. Rahul once again got off to a good start but couldn’t keep going as he fell to Khaled Ahmed’s short ball on 23. Captain Shakib Al Hasan only bowled 12 overs in the first innings as he isn’t fit enough to bowl and he is yet to bowl a single over in the 2nd innings. To make matters worse Ebadot Hossain was also unable to bowl due to injury. Bangladesh as a result only had 3 bowlers along with 2 part timers who chipped in with a few overs. 

Shubman Gill scored an incredible 110 off 152 balls to bring up his first Test century. He took charge to score quick runs hitting 10 fours and 3 sixes. Cheteshwar Pujara followed his 90 in the first innings with an unbeaten 102. KL Rahul delayed his declaration just for Pujara who was hunting a long overdue ton. Pujara responded by playing aggressively which he doesn’t usually do.

Pujara hit 13 boundaries as he brought up his century in just 130 balls. Kohli played a big part to get Pujara to his 100, as he didn’t waste any time and kept giving the strike to his partner. India declared at 258/2 leaving Bangladesh a target of 513 to chase with a little more than 2 days left. Bangladesh openers survived 12 overs and added 42 runs before the end of day 3.

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